November 15, 2014

Nov. 15

November 15, 2014:  Saturday, 32nd week, Ordinary Time

  • 'Stamps from countries' tie:  Be co-workers in the truth:  help foreigners continue their journey (1st reading)

  • 'Scales of justice' pin:  The dishonest judge will do justice (gospel)

  • 'Kneeling person' tie bar:  Pray always (gospel)


Pope Francis
  • 3 Jn 5-8  You're faithful in all you do for the brothers and sisters, especially strangers.  Help them continue their journey; they've set out for the Name's sake and deserve our support.
  • Ps 112:1-6  "Blessed those who fear the Lord," delight in his commands, and are gracious, merciful, and just; they'll be mighty, blessed, rich, and generous.
  • Lk 18:1-8  “There was a judge who neither feared God nor respected people, and a widow who kept asking him to render a just decision for her.  He eventually thought, ‘Because she keeps bothering me, I'll deliver her a just decision lest she come strike me.’  If the dishonest judge does that, won't God secure the rights of his chosen who keep calling out to him?  He'll see that justice is done speedily.  When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”
  • Creighton:  The powerless widow's persistence prevailed over the unjust judge.  Tomorrow is the 25th anniversary of the martyrdom of the six Jesuits and their companions at the Univ. of Central America (UCA, El Salvador); so far persistence has brought little justice for the 75,000 civilians who died in the Salvadoran civil war including Archbishop Oscar Romero.   Ellacuria:  "Live as though the truth were true"; to him faith was inseparable from justice. "We ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth." (3 Jn 8)  Who do we know who do the work of truth, love, justice, peace, and faith, and how do we support and become like them?
    St. Albert the Great
  • Passionist:  The 1st reading is from a private one-page letter about hospitality and support for foreign missionaries ("strangers").  Today "We're all asked to obey God's call to go forth from our comfort zone to reach the 'peripheries' in need of the gospel" (Evangelii Gaudium 20).
  •   Faith-filled persistence reaps the fruit of justice and grace.   If we want to live, grow, and persevere in faith, we must nourish our faith and ask God to increase it.
  • Universalis:   St. Albert the Great, Dominican, bishop, doctor of the Church, medieval thinker, taught St. Thomas Aquinas; see Wikipedia.

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